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Help needed for Sunnyside Sunshine Days planning

One thing is clear following last night's Sunshine Days planning meeting: help's needed.

A mere three people showed up for the Thursday night meeting, Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Director Pam Turner, Cinco de Mayo Director Amy Rubio and Beta Sigma Phi's Eleanor Becker.

Turner said she's trying to build the event up, but getting volunteers to step up to help has been, at best, challenging.

Beta Sigma Phi will assist with the parade, a large quilt show is planned and the Port of Sunnyside organizes the car show, Turner noted gratefully. Last night, Rubio offered to handle entertainment.

Now, Turner would like to see individuals or service groups step up to help organize the Soap Box Derby and help Beta Sigma Phi with the parade.

In the coming weeks, Turner will busy herself with visiting service organizations to gauge interest in assisting with Sunshine Days.

Turner's also tasked with finding a parade grand marshal and emcee for the event.

Becker suggested drawing a big name to the city for entertainment, as well as working with someone to create a wine and beer festival.

"What's going to draw people here from Yakima? What's going to draw people here from Richland? From Pasco?," Becker said.

Ideas bandied about for entertainment also included contacting Martin's School of Dance.

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